Safety Recall T75 / NHTSA 17V-741 Alternator – 2014 Dodge Chrysler & Jeep

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V741
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected 17,116

 

Alternator may Fail Resulting in an Engine Stall

If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2014 Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango, Chrysler 300, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.

 

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the alternator, free of charge. The recall began December 15, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is T75.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

Check if your Vehicle has a Recall

 


December 2017

Dealer Service Instructions for:

Safety Recall T75 / NHTSA 17V-741 Alternator

 

Models

2014 (LC) Dodge Challenger
(LD) Dodge Charger
(LX) Chrysler 300
(WD) Dodge Durango
(WK) Jeep® Grand Cherokee

 

NOTE:  This recall applies only to the above vehicles equipped with a 3.6L V-6 engine (sales code ERB) and a 160 amp alternator (sales code BAB) built from January 02, 2014 through February 14, 2014 (MDH 010206 through 021423).

IMPORTANT:  Some of the involved vehicles may be in dealer used vehicle inventory.  Dealers should complete this recall service on these vehicles before retail delivery. Dealers should also perform this recall on vehicles in for service.  Involved vehicles can be determined by using the VIP inquiry process.

 

Subject

The alternator on about 17,000 of the above vehicles may experience diode failure. In some cases, the battery saver mode light may illuminate on the vehicle’s Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC).  In some instances, alternator diode failure may occur with little or no warning and could result in vehicle shutdown/shut off and/or fire.  A loss of motive power can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.

 

Repair

The alternator assembly must be replaced.

 

Parts Information

Description Part Number
Alternator Assembly CBWHP601AAeBay

 

Dealers should order the alternator at the time appointments are scheduled to assure that the part is available when the customer arrives.

 

Parts Return

Parts return to Mopar Core Return Center for core credit is required for this campaign for purchases made AFTER September 1, 2017. 

NOTE: Any dealer purchases prior to September 1, 2017 do not need to be returned as dealers were not assessed core charges.

 

Special Tools

No special tools are required to perform this service procedure.

 

Service Procedure

A. Replace Alternator Assembly (LC / LD / LX Models)

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  1. Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise until it contacts its stop and remove the accessory drive belt, then slowly rotate the tensioner into the free-arm position (Figure 1).

CAUTION: Do not let the tensioner arm snap back to the free-arm position, severe damage may occur to the  tensioner.

Figure 1 – Accessory Drive Belt TensionerFigure 1 – Accessory Drive Belt Tensioner

 

  1. Remove and save the alternator upper retaining bolts (Figure 2).

Figure 2 – Alternator Upper Retaining BoltFigure 2 – Alternator Upper Retaining Bolt

 

  1. Remove the insulator cover from the B+ output terminal at the rear of the alternator (Figure 3).
  1. Carefully remove and save the B+ terminal retaining nut at the rear of the alternator and remove the B+ terminal.
  1. Depress the field wire electrical connector tab at the rear of the alternator and disconnect the field wire electrical connector (Figure 3).
  1. Raise the vehicle on an appropriate hoist.

Figure 3 – Alternator Electrical ConnectionsFigure 3  Alternator Electrical Connections

 

  1. Remove the underbody splash shield retainers and remove the underbody splash shield. (Figure 4).

Figure 4 – Underbody Splash ShieldFigure 4 – Underbody Splash Shield

 

  1. Remove and save the alternator lower retaining bolt (Figure 5).

Figure 5 – Lower Alternator Retaining Bolt (viewed from under vehicle)Figure 5 – Lower Alternator Retaining Bolt (viewed from under vehicle)

 

  1. For Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) vehicles, separate the alternator from the engine mounting bracket and remove the alternator from the engine compartment.
  1. For All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, perform the following steps to remove the alternator assembly from the vehicle:

a. Lower the vehicle on the hoist.

b. Loosen the radiator cap on the coolant bottle.

c. Push the upper radiator hose aside and remove the alternator from the engine compartment.

d. Place the new alternator into position.

e. Tighten the radiator cap on the coolant bottle.

f. Raise the vehicle on the hoist.

  1. Position the new alternator to the engine and install the alternator lower retaining bolt finger tight.
  1. Lower the vehicle on the hoist.
  1. Install the alternator upper retaining bolts and tighten the bolts to 25 N·m (18 ft. lbs.).
  1. Snap the field wire electrical connector into the rear of the alternator assembly.
  1. Position the generator B+ terminal eyelet to the alternator output stud, install the retaining nut and tighten to 13 N·m (115 in. lbs.).
  1. Install the insulator cover onto the B+ output terminal.
  1. Raise the vehicle on the hoist.
  1. Tighten the lower alternator retaining bolt to 25 N·m (19 ft. lbs.).
  1. Position the underbody splash shield and install the underbody splash shield retainers.
  1. Lower the vehicle from the hoist.
  1. Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise until it contacts the stop and install the accessory drive belt onto the pulleys and slowly release the tensioner.

CAUTION:  When installing the accessory drive belt, be sure the belt is routed correctly.  The water pump may rotate in the wrong direction if the belt is installed incorrectly.  This will cause the engine to overheat.  Refer to belt routing label located in engine compartment for proper accessory drive belt routing.  Also, never force an accessory drive belt over a pulley rim using a screwdriver. The synthetic fiber of the accessory drive belt could be damaged.

  1. Connect the negative battery cable and tighten the retaining nut to 13 N·m (115 in. lbs.).
  1. Close hood and return the vehicle to the customer.

 

B. Replace Alternator Assembly (WD / WK Models)

  1. Move the passenger seat fully forward.
  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  1. Depress the field wire connector locking tab at the rear of the alternator and disconnect the field wire connector (Figure 6).
  1. Remove and save the insulator cover from the B+ output terminal at the rear of the alternator (Figure 6).

Figure 6 - Alternator Electrical ConnectionsFigure 6 – Alternator Electrical Connections

 

  1. Remove and save the B+ terminal retaining nut and wire.
  1. Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise until it contacts its stop and remove the accessory drive belt, then slowly rotate the tensioner into the freearm position.
  1. Remove and save the alternator ground strap retaining nut (Figure 7).

Figure 7 – Alternator Ground StrapFigure 7 – Alternator Ground Strap

 

  1. Remove the ground strap from the stud-bolt.
  1. Remove and save the lower alternator mounting stud-bolt (Figure 8).

Figure 8 – Lower Alternator Mounting Stud-BoltFigure 8 – Lower Alternator Mounting Stud-Bolt

 

  1. Remove and save the two alternator upper mounting bolts.
  1. Remove the alternator assembly from the vehicle.
  1. Install the new alternator assembly into the vehicle.
  1. Install the two alternator upper mounting bolts and the lower alternator mounting stud-bolt finger tight.
  1. After all alternator mounting bolts are finger tight, tighten all fasteners to 25 N·m (19 ft. lbs.).
  1. Install the ground wire on the mounting stud-bolt (Figure 7).
  1. Install the lower front alternator ground strap retaining nut. Tighten the nut to 23 N·m (17 ft. lbs.).
  1. Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise until it contacts the stop and install the accessory drive belt onto the pulleys and slowly release the tensioner.
  1. Install the B+ terminal to the alternator stud. Tighten the retaining nut to 13 N·m (115 in. lbs.) (Figure 6).
  1. Install the insulator cover over the alternator B+ terminal (Figure 6).
  1. Plug in the field wire electrical connector to the alternator (Figure 6).
  1. Connect the negative battery cable.
  1. Return the passenger seat to the original position.
  1. Return the vehicle to the customer.

 

Completion Reporting and Reimbursement

Claims for vehicles that have been serviced must be submitted on the DealerCONNECT Claim Entry Screen located on the Service tab.   Claims paid will be used by FCA to record recall service completions and provide dealer payments.

Use the following labor operation number and time allowance:

Labor Operation
Number
Time
Allowance
Replace alternator assembly
(LC / LD / LX models)
08-T7-51-82 0.6 hours
Replace alternator assembly
(WD / WK models)
08-T7-51-83 0.5 hours
Optional Equipment
All Wheel Drive (LD/LX models only) 08-T7-51-60 0.2 hours

 

Add the cost of the recall parts package plus applicable dealer allowance to your claim.

NOTE: See the Warranty Administration Manual, Recall Claim Processing Section, for complete recall claim processing instructions.

 

Dealer Notification

To view this notification on DealerCONNECT, select “Global Recall System” on the Service tab, then click on the description of this notification.

 

Owner Notification and Service Scheduling

All involved vehicle owners known to FCA are being notified of the service requirement by first class mail.  They are requested to schedule appointments for this service with their dealers.  A generic copy of the owner letter is attached.

 

Vehicle Lists, Global Recall System, VIP and Dealer Follow Up

All involved vehicles have been entered into the DealerCONNECT Global Recall System (GRS) and Vehicle Information Plus (VIP) for dealer inquiry as needed.

GRS provides involved dealers with an updated VIN list of their incomplete vehicles.  The owner’s name, address and phone number are listed if known.  Completed vehicles are removed from GRS within several days of repair claim submission.

To use this system, click on the “Service” tab and then click on “Global Recall System.”  Your dealer’s VIN list for each recall displayed can be sorted by: those vehicles that were unsold at recall launch, those with a phone number, city, zip code, or VIN sequence.

Dealers must perform this repair on all unsold vehicles before retail delivery. Dealers should also use the VIN list to follow up with all owners to schedule appointments for this repair.

Recall VIN lists may contain confidential, restricted owner name and address information that was obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles of various states.  Use of this information is permitted for this recall only and is strictly prohibited from all other use.

 

Additional Information

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this action, please contact your Service and Parts District Manager.

Customer Services / Field Operations

FCA US LLC


 

This notice applies to your vehicle,

 [Model Year and Model]  VIN XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX T75/NHTSA 17V-741

 

LOGO

VEHICLE PICTURE

YOUR SCHEDULING OPTIONS

 

  1. RECOMMENDED OPTION Call your authorized ChryslerDodge / Jeep® / RAM Dealership 
  1. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403. An agent can confirm part availability and help schedule an appointment 
  1. Visit mopar.com, scan the QR code below, or download the Mopar Owner’s Companion App. 

QR Code

 

Get access to recall notifications, locate your nearest dealer, and more through this website or Mopar Owner’s Companion App. You will be asked to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to protect and verify your identity. The last eight characters of your VIN are provided above.

 

DEALERSHIP INSTRUCTIONS

Please reference Safety Recall T75.


IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL

Alternator

 

Dear [Name],

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

 

FCA has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain [2014 Model Year Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee] vehicles equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 Amp alternator.

 

It is extremely important to take steps now to repair your vehicle to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

 

WHY DOES MY VEHICLE NEED REPAIRS?

The alternator on your vehicle [1] may experience diode failure.  In some cases, the battery saver mode light may illuminate on the vehicle’s Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC).  In some instances, alternator diode failure may occur with little or no warning and could result in vehicle shutdown/shut off and/or fire.  A loss of motive power can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.

 

HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE?

FCA will repair your vehicle [2] free of charge (parts and labor).  To do this, your dealer will replace the suspect alternators with new alternators containing improved diodes.  In addition, your dealer will require your vehicle for proper check-in, preparation, and check-out during your visit.  Your time is important to us; please be aware that these steps may require more time.  The estimated repair time is two hours. We recommend that you schedule a service appointment to minimize your inconvenience.  Please bring this letter with you to your dealership.

 

TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE REPAIR CALL 1-800-853-1403

OR YOUR CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP OR RAM DEALER TODAY

 

 

WHAT IF I ALREADY PAID TO HAVE THIS REPAIR COMPLETED?

If you have already experienced this specific condition and have paid to have it repaired, you may visit www.fcarecallreimbursement.com to submit your reimbursement request online. [3] Once we receive and verify the required documents, reimbursement will be sent to you within 60 days.  If you have had previous repairs performed and/or already received reimbursement, you may still need to have the recall repair performed.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but are sincerely concerned about your safety.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Customer Assistance/Field Operations

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC


Mr. Mrs. Customer
1234 Main Street
Hometown, MI 48371

 

[1] If you no longer own this vehicle, please help us update our records. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 to update your information.

[2] If your dealer fails or is unable to remedy this defect without charge and within a reasonable time, you may submit a written complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC  20590, or you can call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-4249153), or go to safercar.gov.

[3] You can also mail in your original receipts and proof of payment to the following address for reimbursement consideration: FCA Customer Assistance, P.O. Box 21-8004, Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8007, Attention: Recall Reimbursement.

 

Note to lessors receiving this recall notice: Federal regulation requires that you forward this recall notice to the lessee within 10 days.

 


December 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCRIT-17V741-2657.pdf

RC-T75-17

 


Owner Notification Letter

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCONL-17V741-4959.pdf

RCONL-17V741-4959

 


Uconnect Recall Notice

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17V741-9248.pdf

RMISC-17V741-9248

 


Advanced Communication

11/28/2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCMN-17V741-4611.pdf

RCMN-17V741-4611

 


Chronology

November 21, 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17V741-9375.pdf

RMISC-17V741-9375

 


Recall Acknowledgement

December 8, 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCAK-17V741-5659.pdf

RCAK-17V741-5659

 


 

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  • BUDGET-FRIENDLY: Below $20, the TOPDON BT20 is a great value for a car battery tester. With four testing modes (battery load, voltage test, two app-exclusive modes: cranking, and charging), this tester works on 12V lead-acid batteries. Note that the latter two test modes require an app.
  • EXPANDED TESTING ABILITIES WITH APP: The BT20 pairs with your device via Bluetooth to access additional cranking and charging tests. The app displays real-time voltage waveform graphs with data playback functionality. Note that Bluetooth is to be connected via the app, not phone settings.additional cranking, charging, and voltage testing capabilities. Easily view real-time voltage waveform graphs with data playback functionality. NOTE: Bluetooth is to be connected via APP, not phone setting.
  • FAST & ACCURATE RESULTS: Get battery life displayed in Low/Medium/High within 1 second by clicking the TEST button. The testing accuracy can reach 99.5%, thanks to the latest conductivity technology. The BT20 is ideal for users who want quick and reliable results. Note that Bluetooth is to be connected via the app, not phone settings.
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY & MULTI-LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Ready to use with 12V lead-acid batteries found in a variety of vehicles, including boats, motorcycles, ships, and trucks. With 8 different language options, it's easy to use this device anywhere in the world.
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Car Battery Tester, TOPDON BT600 12V , 12V/24V Cranking Tests and Charging Alternator Load 100-2000CCA Digital Battery Voltage Tester, 3.5" Screen with Built-in Printer
  • 【Professional Enough】Adopting cutting-edge conductivity testing technology, the TOPDON BT600 automotive battery tester performs various tests and offers suggestions correspondingly. Battery testing for 12V batteries shows a battery's health, rated CCA, etc. Cranking and Charging tests can check cranking systems and charging systems, allowing technicians to accurately determine fault location through this smart battery analyzer.
  • 【Work on More Batteries】Supporting tests for 12V & 24V Lead-Acid batteries (CCA 100 to 2000A), this car battery tester enables professionals to work on Sedans, Motorcycles, Pickup Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, and Boats. With the BT600 battery tester, technicians can complete more testing jobs on batteries, such as regular flooded, AGM Flat, AGM Spiral, GEL, and EFB batteries.
  • 【3.5” Color Screen & Built-In Printer】3.5” color screen, which is bigger than 90% car battery testers, and intuitive user interface enable simple operation. With a built-in printer, this digital battery tester allows users to print reports immediately with thermal sensitive paper, suitable for shops to print out whenever a proof or record is needed. The data Playback function can save data from the last test performed, making it easier for users to check the data.
  • 【Easy to Use】Equipped with multiple navigation keys, the BT600 car battery tester provides smooth, user-friendly operation. Test results with up to 99.5% accuracy to be clearly and quickly displayed in its 3.5” color screen. The TOPDON BT600 also features a mini-USB port, which can be used to optimize software and fix bugs for life at no additional cost. (Only Compatible with Windows Systems.)
  • 【More Convenience with Long Cable】The BT600 battery tester comes with reinforced, smoke-free, spark-free copper clamps, and its reverse polarity protection will prevent battery damage, keeping users and cars safe at all times. This battery tester also gives users more flexibility with 5.9ft of wire, allowing technician to run battery tests and charging tests alone while positioning himself in driver's seat. This auto battery tester can select from up to 8 languages.

Last update on 2024-02-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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